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But his kinsmen know not the high decree
Once more, on the summit of Pisgah's rock
See a hoary man, like a graceful shock
Of ripened corn; behold him now,
With the dewy damps of death on his brow.
His white beard sweeps o'er his aged breast,
And his bright eye turns to the laud of rest—
The Promised Land, with its fields of green,
"Blessed is the raaa that endureth temptation, for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him."—James i. 12.
Oh! flee from temptation, and loiter not there By the green sunny bank, with its flowerets
so gay, Each leaf hides an adder, each blossom a snare To entrap the weak Christian who lags on his
Speed, speed on thy journey, andlingernot near,
To hear the glad music, the festival song,
In the gay haunts of pleasure, but shun thom
A guerdon awaits thee, a heavenly crown,
with a frown, But Christ shall bestow on the faithful and true.
Then haste on thy journey, and look not behind thee,
But cast the first'thought of temptation away;
That Christ when He cometh in glory, may find thee
Still watchful, still faithful, and call thee away.
THE CROSS AND THE CROWN.
"then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."—Matt. xvi. 24.
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing "—2 Timothy iv. 7, 8.
Yes, Lord, there is a cross below,
But swift Thy heavenly succour flies,